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“In school, I felt like a loser every day, but you know what feeling like a loser did for me? I have great empathy. I can never look down at anyone who’s struggling with anything, and that’s given me great leadership and that’s helped to make me rich.”

Barbara Corcoran has dyslexia.

Barbara Corcoran has dyslexia. Her credentials include straight D’s in high school and college and twenty jobs by the time she turned twenty-three. It was her next job that would make her one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the country when she took a $1000 loan to start The Corcoran Group. As one of the “Sharks” on ABC’s hit TV show, SHARK TANK, Barbara has ponied up her own money and invested in twenty-two businesses, competing to make those deals for all to see, then shepherding them to success. Barbara is famously brash and blunt, bold and courageous, and a brilliant identifier of opportunity and talent (often invisible to others).

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